maker space Students, faculty and staff with big ideas have a new outlet at the university’s student-run MakerSpace in Sterne Library. The tech-packed operation, spearheaded by a group of undergraduate entrepreneurs, officially opened on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in a highly trafficked location on the library’s main level. It currently offers five 3-D printers and two built-in computer 3-D scanners. Students can draw on a healthy collection of prototyping kits from Arduino and other maker manufacturers as well.

jack eric 2016Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, PhD, has been elected to the Beta Alpha Psi national Board of Directors. Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

jack eric 2016Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack, Ph.D., will receive an award during a conference honoring the memory of a revered Birmingham businessman and civil rights activist. Each year, the A.G. Gaston Conference recognizes members of the community who embody characteristics of the late Gaston.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine is partnering with researchers at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria, South Africa, to address pregnancy-related problems in developing countries, funded by two $2.5 million grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Yates wins diversity award Collat School of Business Finance Professor Stephanie Yates, Ph.D., was recently awarded the 2016 President’s Award for Diversity from UAB’s Vice President for Equity and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success. The annual award is given to outstanding faculty, staff and students for their achievements towards a more inclusive, diverse and competent university community. Award criteria include significance, implementation and impact of community service.

joseph von matreProfessor Joe Van Matre, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2015 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching.

U.S. News & World Report ranks six online undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham among the nation’s best, including four programs and schools that moved up several spots from a year ago. The latest rankings were released in the 2016 edition of “Best Online Programs,” available online at www.usnews.com.

Kaycey Martindale IDKaycey Martindale, a fall 2015 graduate of the UAB Collat School of Business, has recently accepted a job offer with Ryerson, Inc., a leading metals manufacturer and distributor in North America. Out of 1,800 nationwide applicants, Martindale was one of 15 chosen for employment with Ryerson. His degree in Industrial Distribution, he says, is what helped him stand apart from the other applicants.

Nielsens 2Labs aren’t only filled with beakers, microscopes, and other tools of scientific investigation. At the Collat School of Business and the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a lab will also be filled with big ideas from current and future entrepreneurs.

Kate and Claude Nielsen have made a $500,000 commitment to establish the Nielsen Innovation Lab, which will serve as a home for student entrepreneurship clubs, as well as classes focused on innovation and business incubation. It also will provide a collaborative teaching space in which students can gain first-hand business experience working on faculty- and student-led startups.